Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani once said he could walk out into the middle of Times Square and start handing out $100 bills. A third of the people would say he was not handing out enough money. Another third would say he was handing out too much money. Another third would say they didn't like the way he was handing out the money. Welcome to a new feature on orlandomagic.com – GLASS HALF-FULL. A local sports writer once told me that his job was to watch the battle from the mountain top, ride down, and bayonet the wounded. We live in a world of cynics. But not here, at GLASS HALF-FULL. I will do my best to answer your questions going forward.
What can you expect? Rainbows and gum drops. No scraped knees and rubbing alcohol, here. I will give you the flip side. I will give you Cotton Candy, not the dentist's office. It's not Fast Food. It's Good Food Fast. Being negative takes up a lot of energy. Being nice is easy. Will there be some spin? Sure, but I prefer the word "Influence". By nature, I am an optimist. Sure, former draft pick Jerryl Sasser couldn't shoot, but you should have seen him defend in practice. And, he had a never-wavering confidence about him. You say, "What's the deal with Fran Vazquez staying in Spain to play? I say, he's still an asset to the Magic and that's part of the process of drafting international players. Hopefully, that gives you a look into the Magic-blue colored world I can tend to drift into. My takes will be credible though, just the other side of the coin.
Posted by Glass Half Full, Wednesday, January 2, 2013, 12:30 PM
1) On Monday, Nikola Vucevic accomplished something neither Dwight Howard nor Shaquille O’Neal ever did for the Magic – posted 20 points and 29 rebounds in a game.
Magic, 20+ Pts & 25+ Reb in Game – All-Time
Date Player Opponent Pts Reb
12/31/12 Nikola Vucevic Heat 20 29
11/20/93 Shaquille O’Neal Nets 24 28
04/15/06 Dwight Howard 76ers 28 26
03/13/12 Dwight Howard Heat 24 25
01/18/12 Dwight Howard Spurs 24 25
01/10/07 Dwight Howard Warriors 30 25
04/20/93 Shaquille O’Neal Bullets 20 25
2) Vucevic also had three steals and two blocks in Monday’s contest.
Players w/ 20+ Pts, 25+ Reb, 3+ Stl & 2+ BS in Game – Since 1986-87
Date Player Opponent Pts Reb Stl BS
12/31/12 Nikola Vucevic, Orl Heat 20 29 3 2
03/13/12 Dwight Howard, Orl Heat 24 25 3 2
01/05/01 Chris Webber, GS Pacers 51 26 3 2
12/31/91 Dennis Rodman, Det Trail Blazers 20 25 3 2
04/01/90 Roy Tarpley, Dal Bucks 24 25 5 3
12/17/89 H. Olajuwon, Hou Magic 32 25 3 10
03/20/87 Charles Barkley, Phi Nuggets 26 25 3 2
3) Arron Afflalo had 28 points on Monday, the fourth time in the last six games that he has had 20 or more. He also had 28 points in his first game against the Bulls this season.
Arron Afflalo, Most Points in 6-Game Span – Career
The most points Afflalo has had in a seven-game span is 146 (April 6-16, 2012).
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